Federal Drive Show Blog – November 8, 2013

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today’s Interviews:


Maj. Gen. Montague Winfield (Ret.)
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Prisoners of War and Missing Personnel Affairs

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The remains of 83,000 U.S. service members who died in past wars are still missing. Congress has criticized the Defense Department for not moving fast enough to recover them. But each case takes painstaking effort and lots of time. Retired Maj. Gen. Montague Winfield is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Prisoners of War and Missing Personnel Affairs. He explains how his team recently recovered and buried the remains of two Marines who disappeared in the South Pacific during World War II.

Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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The federal pay freeze is dragging into its third year. What will happen in 2014 is still up in the air. But feds did receive some good news this week when it comes to bonuses. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has more.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The chiefs of the military services trudged a well-worn path from the Pentagon to Capitol Hill yesterday. They laid out the dire consequences of sequestration so far and issued a warning about the future.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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We’re going to go in depth with the cause of the government shutdown. It forced agencies to forego millions of dollars in revenue and ground some programs to a halt. The Office of Management and Budget has released a report estimating the economic, programmatic and budgetary costs. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller is here with details on what OMB found.

David Mitchell
Maven Project Manager

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If there was life on Mars what happened to it? Two weeks from now, NASA will try to find out by exploring the red planet’s atmosphere. On Nov. 18, he MAVEN spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral.

Francis Rose
In Depth Host
Federal News Radio

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The federal government can’t get very far without its contractors. Each year, the Fairfax Country Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council honor companies that do a great job. The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremonies, or GovCon, took place yesterday afternoon. In fact, Federal News Radio’s afternoon show, In Depth, broadcast live from the award venue.

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